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U2 is world's top earning band: surveyNEW YORK (Reuters) - Irish rockers U2, who netted $130 million from their massive world tour and other deals, are the world's top-earning musicians, according to Forbes.com.

The group made $10 million in ticket sales on each tour stop and, along with merchandising revenue, hit the top of the list ahead of Australian heavy metal group AC/DC, who earned $114 million from their worldwide tour.

"Nearly half of the artists that make up this year's list of the top-earning music acts have been around long enough that they could have appeared on the soundtrack to "Back to the Future," Forbes.com said.  The financial website added that the top two bands could make as much as $372 million between June 2009 and June 2010.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 July 2010 14:03
 

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The Smiths' Morrissey has added his support to former band member Johnny Marr against British Prime Minister David Cameron, whilst clarifying the reason for the recent outburst by Marr through Twitter.

In a message he posted on Morrissey zine True To You on Saturday, Morrissey criticized Cameron, saying he "hunts and shoots and kills stags," adding, "apparently for pleasure."

"I would like to, if I may, offer support to Johnny Marr," Morrissey wrote. "To those who have expressed concern over Johnny's words in view of the fact that David Cameron has pledged immense allegiance to the music of the Smiths, I would like to try to explain why I think Johnny is right not to be flattered."

Morrissey conceded that, "It is true that music is a universal language – the ONLY universal language, and belongs to all, one way or another."

He continued, "[Nevertheless] It was not for such people that either 'Meat is Murder' or 'The Queen is Dead' were recorded; in fact, they were made as a reaction against such violence."

He further explained that David Cameron "wanted to repeal the Hunting Act, which would mean the brutal killing of foxes, hares, deer, badgers, otters – just about anything that moves."

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